Thursday, 31 July 2014

August Wishlist



1. Makeup Revolution - Ultra Blush and Contour Palette in Sugar and Spice - £6.00 from MUR
2. Yankee Candle - Large Candle in Bahama Breeze - £21.99 from Yankee Candle 
3. Ray Ban - Wayfarer Sunglasses - £125.00 from Ray Ban 
4. The Body Shop - Early-Harvest Raspberry Shower Gel - £4.00 from The Body Shop 

1. Makeup Revolution are really knocking them out of the park at the moment (ha, sports metaphor!) and you really can't go wrong with 8 blushes for £6. Everything I have tried from Makeup Revolution so far has been really good.

2. This is more of a repurchase, I have just started burning my last Summer-appropriate candle sadly. I love Bahama Breeze it takes me to sitting around a pool sipping cocktails. Delicious.

3. Now that I don't get to pose in my Ray Ban optics as I have brand new eyes, I really fancy a pair of their sunglasses. The Wayfarers are such a classic frame and they really suit my face. £125 though!

4. I have so far managed to resist buying anything from the Early-Harvest Raspberry range even though it looks amazing. I think the shower gels are a great way to try a fragrance family to see if it is for you.

What are you lusting after?


Bomb Cosmetics Raspmerry Chuckle-late Bath Mallow | Review


I always feel like I am cheating on  Lush when I try new brands - how weird is that? Anyway, the Raspmerry Chuckle-late Bath Mallow was my first foray into Bomb Cosmetics. I chose it because it looked a bit crazy and the scent was delicious.

Bath Mallows contain cocoa and shea butter which creates a lovely creamy bath. Bath Mallows take longer to melt than a bath bomb as they are more moisturising.

Bomb Cosmetics say: Twin piped peaks of raspberry ripple and double choc chip, buttery mountains leaving your skin smelling good enough to eat! Redolent with natural skin nourishing butters to leave your skin soft and supple, and pure frankincense and sandalwood to sensuously seduce.
Juicy ripe raspberries at the heart and creamy vanilla caramel to finish blended with the king of chocolate scents.

Sounds more like a desert than a beauty product but that's never a bad thing! I didn't really know what to expect when I popped this in my bath but it slowly melted away leaving cloudy soft water. I could only really smell the chocolate scent and not vanilla or raspberry unfortunately. After it had dispersed you could see oil floating about on the water.

When I got out of the bath my skin was so soft because of the cocoa butter and shea butter. I'm not huge on body moisturising anyway but with this you definitely wouldn't need to!

The Raspmerry Chuckle-late Bath Mallow costs £2.24 which is fairly cheap if you fancy a quick treat! I got mine from a local garden centre but they also have a website with a huge selection of goodies.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water | Review


Ever since trying Bioderma's Micellar Water I have been trying to find a good easily accessible alternative.

The packaging on this offering from Garnier is excellent, with a flip top lid and squeezy bottle you can control exactly how much you want to come out. As it is clear you can also see how much of it you have left.

I think that Garnier's Micellar Cleansing Water is on par with Bioderma's. It removes all makeup with ease and takes about 3 cotton rounds to do my whole face. Obviously if you wear heavier makeup it will take more product to remove. It is gentle enough to use on the eyes and it doesn't cause any stinging whatsoever.

It does state on the bottle that you can get 200 uses out of it but that is an exaggeration. A little does go a long way though and this 400ml bottle is lasting ages. I've been using every day for 3 months now and it is still going strong.

I use this to take my makeup off before using a cleansing balm. This is not a substitute for a proper cleanse! For 400ml of this Micellar Cleansing Water it is £4.99 which is so much cheaper than Bioderma, and much more accessible with it being available in Boots and Superdrug. I wouldn't hesistate to purchase this again!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

The Weekly Ramble #64


The weekly face:

I never thought I would be putting a makeup free photo on the internet. Boo for not being able to wear makeup for 7 days!

I had a quiet working week which consisted of two days. It is very strange and I don't think I could ever work part time.

On Wednesday I spent the day with my lovely Mum. We went for afternoon tea in a posh hotel then for a spot of shopping. It was quite odd as I wasn't allowed to wear makeup so I felt daft in a fancy dress and a naked face. I picked up a gorgeous lacy black blazer which is perfect for when it gets cooler in the evenings. As it is totally scorching at the moment I doubt I will get the opportunity to wear it for a few weeks.

I also managed to pop into Wilkinsons to pick up some Essence goodies! I got three things which I absolutely love, there will be posts coming up I am sure.

Right, Thursday, the biggie. As you may know I casually booked myself in for laser eye surgery last Friday. That is 6 days to get my head around it. Well 5 and a half really. On the morning I was a bit nervous but not overly, I still managed to eat and everything. After two hours in Optical Express I was done and dusted, most of that was re-running tests and having a chat with the consultant and the nurses. The surgery itself only took about 10 minutes.

I pretty much slept all afternoon only waking to put my drops in. I had to go back on Friday for my 24 hour checkup and the optometrist told me that I already have better than 20/20 vision. I can't believe the change is that quick. It is a bit odd sleeping with goggles on and I'm quite light sensitive (hence the dodgy photo) so having to wear sunglasses quite a lot.

Yesterday we went for a 3 mile walk and just dossed about in the afternoon. I can't do any vigorous exercise for a week so walking is definitely the way forward.

Today I am just planning on relaxing and catching up on housework. I haven't felt like doing any with the weather being so lovely.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Super Volume Mascara | Review


I've said it before and I will say it again. Mascaras are my least favourite beauty item. There are so many brands to choose from with so many different wand types and formulas. Minefield.

I like the packaging of this, it looks sleek being all black with pink lettering. I like products to stand out in my makeup bag and this certainly does.

I was quite disappointed that there were no claims featuring made up words on the packaging, but on the website it says: This super volume mascara creates mascara creates amazingly, longer, fuller, fabulous lashes. Featuring SUPERFILL™ False Lash Fillers, SHINE AMPLIFIERS, and NOFLAKE24 technology. Amazing.

It is quite a fat brush (my favourite!) with bristles instead of a rubber wand. I prefer bristles as I find them less scratchy. I find that this mascara gives me long thick lashes that don't clump together, while making them really black.

I wouldn't pay full price for this (£10) but as it came in a gift set I will happily use it.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Body Shop Shea Range | Review


Many moons ago I snaffled these two off my Mum as she isn't keen on The Body Shop (no idea why, it's very odd).

I seem to think she received these as part of a Christmas present, and having a quick peruse of the website I think it was this. For £6 you get 60ml of Shea Shower Cream, 60ml of Shea Body Whip and a "mini crinkle lily" which I think is a shower puff. I don't think that's a bad price as these are perfect for chucking in your overnight bag. I am off to the Lakes for a few days and I will be taking these with me to save on space. That's the plan at the moment anyway.

Right, onto the products! The shower cream is very moisturising and not particularly lathery. I personally prefer loads of bubbles but I love the scent of this and I still feel clean afterwards. It smells delicious and unlike shea products that I have used in the past. The scent is almost nutty but not unpleasant.

The body whip compliments this perfectly, it is light, easily absorbed and has the same delicious fragrance. I've been trying to moisturise daily (hasn't happened) and on the days I have used this I have gone without a perfume. That is a bit of a huge deal for me but you can still smell these when I get home from work. I have also taken to wafting my arm at people and saying "smell this". Classy.

I really like these and would happily repurchase bigger sizes once my stash has calmed down a bit! Cheers Mum for being a bit of a funny-ocity and letting me "borrow" your stuff.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

The Weekly Ramble #63


The weekly face:

I feel like all I have done this week is go to work! How rude. If you live in the UK you will know that it has been supremely hot this week, the hottest week of the year apparently.

On Friday evening I went to an appointment with Optical Express to find out if I am suitable for laser eye surgery. This is something that I have been considering for a while and just decided to go for it. After several scans and tests I was deemed suitable and subsequently have booked in for the surgery for next Thursday. Eek! I'm one of those people that tend to over think things so it is best for me to take the plunge as soon as. Of course I am nervous although I am not 100% sure why. It is a painless procedure which lasts a few minutes. I will need two days off work so that's not too bad.

I've had a weird summer cold this week, a sore throat and a cough, what is that about? I never ever get ill so I'm not overly impressed. Hot Vimto has been my savior this week.

Today I am meeting my friend Ellen for some lunch and to give her her birthday presents! I hope she likes them. I love buying presents for people but still always worry they won't like them.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

LUSH Legends Gift Set* | First Impressions


I was insanely lucky to win the LUSH Legends Gift Set as part of Carrie's six year blog birthday. I've won loads of stuff recently but this is just a ridiculous thing to win. As a huge LUSH fan I've always lusted after this but realistically I was never going to pay £100 for it, even though it is so worth it!

Just look at the size of it! The postlady was definitely intrigued when she handed it over.

The eagle eyed among you will notice that there are only 24 products there and not 25. It turns out the Ultrabalm was hiding!

So, here is what is included;

Rock Star Soap - I've used this before, it smells of Snow Fairy and is available all year round! Like all Lush soaps it isn't drying and smells amazing.

You've Been Mangoed Luxury Bath Melt - This is a favourite of mine actually, it makes for such a relaxing and moisturising bath.

Ro's Argan Body Conditioner - This is a new one for me, you use it after showering and then rinse off for silky smooth skin.

Avobath Bath Ballistic - I've had this a couple of times and think it is so underrated. It is citrusy and uplifting.

Twilight Bath Ballistic - Twilight is one that I will repurchase as long as they keep making it. Who doesn't want lovely pink and purple baths?

Pop in the Bath Bubble Bar - This is quite citrusy and creates loads of bubbles. It's so cute with the little flower on top too!

Yuzu and Cocoa Bubbleroon - You can break this in half for two chocolate orange bubble baths.

The Comforter Bubble Bar - The Comforter is a blackcurrant delight, this size can easily be split into 4 so you can get your moneys worth. It makes your bath pink and super bubbly.

Happy Hippy Shower Gel - This is something I haven't tried before but it smells amazing, very fresh and fruity.

Buffy Body Butter - I've had about 4 of these in the past and they are amazing, you use it after you have cleaned yourself in the shower and then wash it off. It is scrubby and moisturising at the same time. It is supposed to be especially good for dimply skin.

Bubblegum Lip Scrub - The bloggers favourite. I already have one of these in Mint Julips so I know the quality is brilliant. It smells amazing and I'm excited to use it.

Each Peach and Two's a Pear Massage Bar - This was one of the first LUSH products that I remember purchasing. I like the idea of solid massage bars (hooray for no packaging!) and this one smells amazing and fruity.

Seanik Shampoo Bar - The shampoo bars have never really appealed to me, probably because I am a bit skeptical as to whether they would work. I like a lot of lather from my shampoo and I don't see how this would give lots of foam. Of course I am still eager to try it as I am always trying to reduce packaging that I purchase.

Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie - Presumably the shower smoothies are more moisturising than the shower gels. This smells a little floral and generally delicious.

Jungle Solid Conditioner - Again, solid conditioner? It confuses my brain. It takes me an age to use conditioner as my hair is on the oily side. I am excited to use this mainly because I have never heard of anything like it.

Tiny Hands Hand Serum - This hand serum is designed to soothe and protect hands after warming it in your palms. It is so cute and I will be getting lots of use out of it.

Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly - I always have one of these in my shower cubicle, it smells like The Comforter! They are a bit weird to use if you haven't before but they are amazing. Plus this one is glittery, that's never a bad thing.

Karma Soap - Karma is one of LUSH's best sellers. I'm looking forward to trying this and to see if it lives up to the hype.

Sugar Scrub - I've spotted this in store a few times but never bought it, probably because I have about 30 scrubs waiting to be used. It smells herby so I would be wary of cheeky husbands and boyfriends pinching this.

Butterball Bath Ballistic - Butterball is so soothing and gentle even the most easily irritated folk can use it. It contains cocoa butter to hydrate the skin.

Dirty Soap - This smells amazingly minty. I think this will be great for a morning shower.

Ultrabalm - I'm not 100% what this is. it says "a fabulously effective multi-purpose balm to use however you fancy. The possibilities are endless." That has only confused me more. I assume it is possible to use as a moisturiser.

Dream Cream Body Lotion - This is LUSH's number one product worldwide and I am yet to try it! How rude. It is soothing and cooling and is also suitable for sensitive skin.

Sparkle Toothy Tabs - Toothy Tabs are used instead of a toothpaste by chomping on them til they foam and then brushing as normal. These ones are lemon and vanilla scented (flavoured?) and I find them quite intriguing.

The Olive Branch Shower Gel - I love LUSH shower gels so I can't wait to give this a whirl. It smells unisex and natural.

Phew, that was a long list! Out of the 25 products there are 14 that I haven't tried which is quite impressive for me really.

James took this picture when I unboxed it, it made me chuckle so I thought I would share it with you lovely lot too. Cheesy grin alert:

Thank you to Carrie and of course the amazing people at LUSH!

I will be doing individual reviews so let me know what you would like to see!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Bomb Cosmetics Cherry Bathe-Well Bath Blaster | Review


I'm sure by now you all know that I can't resist a fancy looking bath product.

Being a huge lover of sweet treats in general there was no way I was going to resist the Cherry Bathe-Well bath blaster from Bomb Cosmetics.

Bomb Cosmetics say: An exceedingly good bath, combining fruity summer cherry scents and a hint of cookies! Pure marjoram and chamomile essential oils will help relax and soothe you.

A warm fruity accord of lush cherry combined with a rich mouthwatering milk cookie fragrance smoothed by vanilla pod and hints of creamy coconut and white chocolate.

As you would expect it smells just like a cherry bakewell (cherries and almonds if you are yet to experience their delight). After chucking it in the bath it fizzed away leaving the water beautifully soft. The yellow "icing" contains cocoa butter which makes the water feel lovely.

The water didn't change colour but I didn't really mind as the scent was so amazing. After it had dispersed the water was filled with blue glitter too.

My one gripe with this is that it comes in plastic packaging, not very environmentally friendly. I much prefer when they come in a paper bag which you can recycle!

At £2.09 the Cherry Bathe-Well won't break the bank and is perfect for a sweet treat.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker XL Lip Plumping Gloss in Pink Out Loud | Review and Swatches


I always forget about Soap and Glory's makeup range for some reason which is a shame because they do some really great products.

Pink Out Loud was part of the Yule Monty set last year and has been lurking in the bottom of my lipstick pot quite unloved.

I prefer a doefoot applicator as opposed to a squeezy tube like this but other than that I quite like the packaging. You can clearly see the colour and the silver isn't offensive to the eye.

As soon as you apply this to the lips you can feel them tingling. It is quite a weird sensation but it goes after a few minutes. The idea behind this is that it plumps them up giving you a super pout. The shade Pink Out Loud is quite a neutral pink and perfect for every day use.

The scent/flavour is unusual, sort of like strawberry and vanilla. I really like it but it may not be to everyone's taste. 

I wouldn't pay full price for this (£10) but I would be tempted to pick it up if it was on offer.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

The Weekly Ramble #62


The weekly face:

This week has flown by yet again. I never feel like doing anything when it's hot either, such a waste!

Last Sunday I went to the cinema with my friend Rachel to watch The Fault in Our Stars. I really enjoyed it but don't really think it was as upsetting as everyone makes out. It wasn't helped by the sheer amount of sobbing youths. Before the cinema we went to Chiquito for lunch. I love going there, they do so many vegetarian options!

One of my work friends turned 40 this week, so naturally we had to decorate the office/corridors with embarrassing childhood photos, banners and balloons. I think she loved it on the sly! We also had amazing cupcakes to celebrate the occasion.

On Thursday my Mum came round for the evening, my Dad was in the Isle of Man for the races so we thought we would entertain her for the night.

Friday involved going to an engagement party. A few vodkas were consumed but I was fine the next day. I'm very soppy with engagements and weddings at the moment, I can't get enough of them.

I've made it to the gym once this week (#fail), and stayed the same weight wise. I think cupcakes have hindered my healthy eating and I am totally back on the wagon.

I've been using my Revlon lip butters loads this week, I'd forgotten how much I enjoy them!

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Colours of the Rainbow Tag


I fancied something a bit different for today's post so here is my Colours of the Rainbow products.


For "Red" I have picked Stellar from the Rimmel Apocolips range. I tend to use this as my go-to red lip as I love the colour (even though the scent is gross!). I don't wear this enough sadly.


That would be the Soothing Apricot Toner* by Elemis, I was unsure of this at first but it has really grown on me!


This Baby Lips was the only yellow thing I could find actually, it is just a basic lip balm that you can chuck into your bag and not worry about losing as they are only a few bob.


I absolutely love this hot cloth cleanser from Superdrug, it is really good as an evening cleanse and it is so cheap too.


It has taken me forever and a day to use this Turnaround Concentrate by Clinique up. I get distracted by other things! I do like how this makes my skin feel, so smooth and silky, but it is so expensive.


Ahh the Collagen Gel by SBC has been a staple on my dressing table for a long time. I have phases of using this (again, easily distracted) but I love it.


Heat protection spray doesn't really float my boat, but this one from Lisap smells quite nice. My sister-in-law is a hairdresser and recommended this to me. As I rarely straighten my hair these days it lasts an absolute age.


I struggled to think of a rainbow product, even though this eyeshadow palette from Makeup Revolution was looking at me all the time. I have only used a few eyeshadows from this particular palette but I love them.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm | Review


Well, isn't that a mouthful? I received the Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm by Nuxe by winning Jess' giveaway. Prior to entering I hadn't heard much about Nuxe.

The Reve de Miel lip balm has quite a cult following in the beauty world, I have mainly seen reviews on the version in the pot as opposed to the stick so I'm not sure if they are the same.

Nuxe say:

This Lip Moisturizing Stick has been tested in extremely cold conditions in Canada, and has proven to protect against external aggression (88%*). Softness and suppleness are restored to lips (75%*).

*Use test carried out under dermatological supervision on 24 women over 28 days in extreme climate conditions in Canada - % of volunteers who agreed with the claim.

Ingredients include honey and sunflower and this lip balm is targeted to dry or chapped lips. I don't suffer from particularly chapped or dry lips but I have noticed a massive difference since using this. After my evening skincare routine I pop some of this on before getting into bed and wake up with lovely smooth, soft lips.

James is a sufferer of dry, sore lips and he has found this to work well for him.

The scent is lovely but still unisex. I like the fact that this is in a stick form so you can just chuck it in your handbag and use throughout the day. I have already purchased my second one of these from Marks and Spencer for just £5.50 for 4ml.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution | Review


Way back in June I reviewed Bioderma Sebium H2O and it wasn't until a few months ago that I had used the original.

I'm sure everyone knows how a micellar water works by now, but the gist is that it removes makeup quickly and easily without irritating the skin.

Escentual say:

Gently cleanse your sensitive, normal to dry skin with the Bioderma Sensibio H2O, an ultra-mild, non-rinse micellar water cleanser and make-up remover.
Created to suit the needs of those who experience skin irritation and redness, the alcohol-free formula soothes and cools as it cleanses. Sensibio H2O guarantees cutaneous and ocular tolerance for the skin and the eyes with its physiological pH and soap-free base.
The cleanser removes impurities using micelles, which micro-emulsify impurities while maintaining the skin’s balance. Added decongesting active ingredients prevent irritation, making the skin feel instantly refreshed, perfectly clean and free from all make-up – including water resistant mascara.
Use twice daily, in the morning and in the evening. Soak a cotton pad with the Sensibio H2O solution, and cleanse the face and eyes. Repeat with more cotton pads until they come away clean. The solution is no-rinse, but you should gently dab your face with a clean towel after use.
The Bioderma Sensibio H2O micelle water is fragrance-free, alcohol-free, and contains no phenoxyethanol.

I only use this in the evening as the first stage of cleansing my face. I know some people treat this as their cleanser but my skin needs a bit more TLC than that. I just pop a bit on a cotton round and quickly go over my face. It does remove most of my makeup on the first attempt as I don't really wear that much every day for work.

I don't use this on my eyes purely because I have a separate product that I love for this. I can confirm that Bioderma does remove all of my eye makeup and I would be happy to use it frequently for this if there were no other options available to me.

I then follow with a cleansing oil and then a cleansing balm for lovely cleansed skin.

You can purchase the 100ml version from Escentual for £4.50. I think it is good to start with this size just to make sure you like using it.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

The Weekly Ramble #61


The weekly face:

It's times like this that I wish I could operate contact lenses properly, I think my glasses somewhat spoil my "glam Saturday night" look. Plus I spent about 15 minutes on my eyes and you can't even see them!

We went to the Trafford Centre on Thursday evening with my parents. They had come back from holiday the day before and were super brown. I'm pretty sure I'm adopted now, no way would I ever turn that colour! We went to the Trafford Centre mainly to play mini golf! I love mini golf it makes me happy, even if I did lose. I'm not a sore loser at all and can admit I had a terrible game - everyone enjoyed it so that is the main thing. I only bought one thing while I was there (it is rude to not go shopping while there you know), the Vitamin E moisturiser from The Body Shop. Mine is on its last legs and I was panicking about running out. This never happens.

Today I am off for lunch with my friend Rachel, and then we will be watching The Fault in Our Stars. I must say it doesn't really appeal to me, but now we are over the cancer traumas of the last few months I think it won't set me off too much. Regardless, we are eating first. No one wants to see two emotional panda eyed girls attempting to eat.

I've been watching a lot of Youtubers this week, which is something I never usually do. I feel a bit cringey watching them usually. I have been loving A Model Recommends, Caroline Hirons and Miss Budget Beauty. If you have any recommendations for me please let me know!

Beauty wise it has been quite a dull week with nothing particularly standing out for me. I've just been reaching for trusty products that I know will last me throughout the day.

I've been reading quite a bit this week, two by Lynda La Plante and something else which was quite good. I go through phases of reading loads and then can have months without picking up a book.

We've been watching The 4400 and Penny Dreadful this week. The 4400 is an old series that was recommended to us by James' friend and it's really good. If you like something a bit strange then definitely check it out.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

The Lipstick Tag

I have seen this tag doing the rounds and thought I would give it a whirl! I am unsure who the creator is but if you do then let me know! 
How many lipsticks do you own?

I guessed at about 40 before going to count, turns out it is 43 which isn't far off!

What was your first ever lipstick?
The first one I remember buying was Ravishing by MAC. I'm sure there were others when I was younger but Ravishing is the one that stands out in my head.

What is your most worn lipstick?

Either Ravishing by MAC or Crystal Rose by Clarins.

What is your favourite brand for lipstick?
MAC, even if they are obscenely expensive.
What is your favourite finish?

I like something with a bit of shine personally.
What was the last lip product you bought?

It was two Creampuffs from Collection, they have really wow-ed me!

How many lip products do you currently have in your handbag? (Including balms and glosses)

Only 3! Clarins Crystal Rose, Clinique Mighty Mimosa Chubby Stick and The Beauty Parlour Mentha Lip Balm.

What lipstick do you use to rock a red lip?

Rimmel Apocolips in Stellar, even though I hate the scent.

How do you store your lipsticks?
In two plant pots, one for every day shades and one for evening/faffing about products.

What lip products are you currently lusting after?
The Too Faced Melted ones, they look amazing!

I tag everyone who loves lipstick as much as I do - if you do do this leave your link in the comments box so I can have a nosey.